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When I run the query "Show Engines" on this particular Linux host, it shows that the InnoDB storage engine is Disabled. Other storage engines (like MyISAM) are showing enabled.

What steps would I need to take to install/enable the InnoDB storage engine (even at a high level)? Would the procedures be different for different flavors of linux?

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InnoDB can be enabled/disabled in your my.cnf (MySQL config), but, in order to use it MySQL has to have been compiled with InnoDB support.

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Most likely it isn't disabled at compile time (as it normally isn't) but failed to start up. Check mysql's error log. Probably couldn't write the needed ibdata files..

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